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Java User Groups (JUGs)

Java User Groups (JUGs) are volunteer organizations that strive to distribute Java-related knowledge around the world. They provide a meeting place for Java users to get information, share resources and solutions, increase networking, expand Java Technology expertise, and above all, drink beer, eat pizza and have fun. The JUG Community is the meeting point for JUGs, helping promote the expansion of the worldwide Java Community. JUG leaders & members, from experts to Java newbies can share information about creating, joining and running a JUG. So, whether you're already part of a JUG, looking to join one, or if you're interested in creating your own local group, you've come to the right place! Welcome to the Java User Groups Community! Take a look at the JUGs Community Objectives, to learn how your JUG can benefit from participation in this community!
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(Jan 14, 2014) Java EE 8 survey (Part 2) - Need Your Help

We have just released the 2nd part of the Java EE 8 Community Survey, see
Please help us to spread the word!

(Jan 14, 2014)
Seeking Java EE developers!

A while ago a small group (lead by Markus Eisele) of us started a project called Java Countdown ( The site is meant to track visitor versions of "Java in the browser" so we can track its timely demise (and/or make sure folks have the latest version if they absolutely must use it). Given the recent security announcements (again) about Java - we hoped that this could be a force for good!...

(Dec 12, 2013)
Java EE 8 survey - Need your help

In order to gather feedback for Java EE 8, we are running a survey. To make it easier, we have divided it in two parts and it shouldn't really takes more than a few minutes to fill...
The 1st part is now available at
The 2nd and final part will be available early...

(Oct 22, 2013)
2013 Java Theme Community Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Java Theme Community Challenge! And come hear how Java is inspiring a whole generation of young developers. The JavaOne Community Keynote is all about how your work in the community and the Java ecosystem is leading to extraordinary applications and end-user benefits.

(Oct 3, 2013)
#Juggy interviews @jyeary at #JavaOne Conference. The subject? JUGs!

Juggy interviews John Yeary (@jyeary) at JavaOne Conference 2013, about JUGs and the role of User Groups in the process of continuously evolve the Java technology, about teaching programming to kids, and more.

(Aug 22, 2013)
Duke, the Java Mascot

Check out a short history of the Java Mascot Duke...

Lightning Interviews

Linda van der Pal has been a developer since 2002, visiting many conferences to gather and share knowledge. In 2006, she founded Duchess, a network for women interested in Java. She is now a member of the board of the Dutch chapter... In this sixth "Lightning Interview" I asked Linda about Duchess...

Larry Fernandez is a Principle Software Developer at Amway Corp in Ada, Michigan. He has been in IT software development since 1981, and was named an IBM Champion in 2012 and 2013. Larry's team is currently working on its second major Java/J2EE application using WebSphere Application Server technology. In this fifth "Lightning Interview" we ask Larry to share some of the wealth his decades of experience in software engineering...

Frans Thamura is a leader of JUG Indonesia, a Java Champion, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Meruvian. He has implemented the JEDI program in Indonesia under the goverment's Java education services JENI Project. In this fourth "Lightning Interview" I asked Frans about starting and leading a Java User Group.

Robert Engels works for OptionsCity, which develops financial service platforms using Java. Their products include Freeway, a multi-asset algorithmic trading platform that won the 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards. Robert is the Chief Architect for Freeway development. If you're familiar with modern automated trading...

Ahmed Ali leads the very active Egyptian Java User Group (EGJUG). EGJUG recently organized Java Developers Conference 2013, the largest Java conference in the Middle East. The conference was, once again, a huge success. In this second "Lightning Interview" I asked Ahmed...

This is the first of what I hope will become a series of interviews with members of the Java community. By calling them "lightning interviews," I mean that they'll be brief and to the point, "short takes" focused on a specific topic that's relevant to the broader Java/JVM community -- the interview equivalent of "Lightning Talks"...